• British Grand Prix - FP2

Button believes Friday conditions would stop race

ESPN Staff
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Jenson Button felt there was too much standing water on Friday for racing to take place © Sutton Images

Jenson Button believes the conditions for Friday practice at Silverstone would cause the race on Sunday to be red flagged.

Heavy rain has been forecast for the whole British Grand Prix weekend, and persistent rain fell throughout Friday practice to make conditions very difficult. Having completed just nine laps in the second session, Button said the amount of standing water on the track would make it too dangerous to race in.

"It was very tricky out there - there was lots of standing water," Button said. "You wouldn't want to be racing wheel-to-wheel in those conditions, as you wouldn't see the puddles until it was too late.

"I think we learned throughout the day where the biggest rivers on the circuit were situated - one of the biggest is along the Hangar Straight just before Stowe. You're travelling at 290km/h [180mph] and you hit a river that gives you wheelspin - at that speed - and when that happens your car can snap out of control very easily.

"When you're driving alone, it's not so bad, because you can pick your way around and lift off whenever necessary, but in the race you can't do that. So, pretty obviously, I hope there won't be as much standing water around on Sunday."